Western Sandcherry is known for its unique, leathery grey-green foliage and beautiful white blossoms. It is a popular ornamental shrub in parks and front yards. Both you and the wildlife will love its edible small dark red to purple cherries. Fruit can be astringent but is great for jams, jellies and pies. Extremely winter hardy
Many people graft plum and cherry varieties to Western Sand Cherry and use it as rootstock. It is also popular to graft hardy apricots too.
Latin: Prunus pumila var. besseyi
Hardiness Zone: 2 – 7
Height: 3′ – 5′
Spread: 4′ – 8′
Suckering: from base
Bloom Time: Spring (TBD)
Ripens: Summer (TBD)
Flower Colour: White
Fruit Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: Green
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Soil Requirements: Well draining, do well in sandier textures
- Edible Fruits
- Ornamental Flowers
- Shrub/hedge forming (Not tree)
- Extremely cold hardy
Special Considerations: These cherries should be grown as shrubs, not trees.
Shrub Cherry Planting & Pruning
Shrub cherries are bushes, not trees! They can be easily maintained as individual shrubs or as a hedgerow planting. For individual plants, plant at least 5′ apart in the landscape. For hedgerow plantings, 3′-5′ between plants and 12′-18′ between rows. Planting at least 1-3″ deeper than the pot is recommended to increase root development. Young plants may be planted horizontally below the surface to induce more suckering.
The majority of pruning should occur in early spring before the buds break dormancy, usually March-April. Damaged or diseased wood can be removed at any time during the season. It is important to never remove more than 25% of the total wood during a single season as it will reduce flowering and yields. These cherries should be regeneratively pruned by removing some of the oldest shoots to the ground every year to allow new shoots to take their place.
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PICKUP & DELIVERY:
Nursery & Transplant Stock: All potted SPR orders under $500 must be picked up in May from the farm in Krestova or scheduled for a centralized delivery location. Please click here to see the dates and times.
Centralized Delivery-Pickup: Now offering a drive-thru plant pickup to Nelson, Castlegar and Winlaw. Click here to learn more!
Delivery: NEW 2020! Free Delivery on orders over $500, within 30 minutes from Krestova! If your order qualifies, we will contact you with available delivery date options.
For more information please read the Spring Plant Reservation Policy.
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